When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Curator Lance Fung likes big, sprawling projects. He organized the "Snow Show" for Italy's 2006 Winter Olympics, pairing architects and artists for works made out of frozen materials. His 2008 SITE Santa Fe Biennial brought together 22 artists from all over the world. Now, Fung offers his take on everyone's favorite new arts district: the Tenderloin. In "Wonderland," 53 artists will create site-specific works throughout the neighborhood, teaming with local galleries like Ever Gold and the Luggage Store Annex. While most participants might be classified as "emerging," there are some familiar local names involved. Roman Cesario of gallery 1AMSF will paint a 30-by-45-foot mural depicting life in the Tenderloin, and Erik Otto is collaborating on "Down the Rabbit Hole," an installation that addresses human trafficking. Other works to watch for include ScreenLab's audio "listening environments," which will be broadcast via local radio at 93.7 FM or cell phone (415-375-8282), and Tenderloin batik artist Amie Krubally's studio show at 125 Hyde.
Oct. 19-Nov. 15, 2009